Determination of type I receptor specificity by the type II receptors for TGF-beta or activin

Science. 1993 Nov 5;262(5135):900-2. doi: 10.1126/science.8235612.


Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) and activin signal primarily through interaction with type I and type II receptors, which are transmembrane serine-threonine kinases. Tsk 7L is a type I receptor for TGF-beta and requires coexpression of the type II TGF-beta receptor for ligand binding. Tsk 7L also specifically bound activin, when coexpressed with the type IIA activin receptor. Tsk 7L could associate with either type II receptor and the ligand binding specificity of Tsk 7L was conferred by the type II receptor. Tsk 7L can therefore act as type I receptor for both activin and TGF-beta, and possibly other ligands.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Activin Receptors
  • Activins
  • Base Sequence
  • DNA Primers
  • Growth Substances / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Inhibins / metabolism*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Precipitin Tests
  • Protein Serine-Threonine Kinases / metabolism*
  • Receptors, Growth Factor / metabolism*
  • Receptors, Transforming Growth Factor beta / metabolism*
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / metabolism
  • Signal Transduction
  • Transfection
  • Transforming Growth Factor beta / metabolism*


  • DNA Primers
  • Growth Substances
  • Receptors, Growth Factor
  • Receptors, Transforming Growth Factor beta
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins
  • Transforming Growth Factor beta
  • Activins
  • Inhibins
  • Protein Serine-Threonine Kinases
  • Activin Receptors